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Album Name: TEXAS ROAD TRIP
Record Label: MAPLEWOOD RECORDS
Format: VINYL LP
Release Date: 5/27/2016
Limited vinyl LP pressing. Ben Vaughn has had the type of rock n roll career that hasn't just been successful, but fascinating as well. He has always done things his own way carving a niche and career that is unlike any other. Growing up in Collingswood, New Jersey, out of high school, Ben worked in a knitting mill, as a delivery-truck driver and even a landscaper before he decided that life wasn't going to be suitable for him. From there, he has gone on to record numerous acclaimed records both with The Ben Vaughn Combo, his band, and as a solo artist as well. Presented now as a Maplewood Records reissue is Ben Vaughn's excellent 2014 release Texas Road Trip. It is both a tribute to Texas rock n roller legend Doug Sahm of Sir Douglas Quintet fame, (Bob Dylan is a big fan) while also being completely original material written by Ben. Think of it as if Ben Vaughn wrote a bunch of numbers and got some of Sahm's former band members to record them with him making it sound like it could be a Doug Sahm record. This is exactly what happened when Ben traveled to Austin, Texas to record the tracks with Augie Meyers (keys, squeezebox), Alvin Crow (fiddler, strings), Speedy Sparks (bass), John X. Reed (guitar), and Mike Buck (drums), respectively.